NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare

Our course code: X343

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A career in childminding makes it easy to support your children from home without sacrificing a thing. If you’re looking for employment as a home-based childminder, au pair or nanny, you can do that too! Our Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare teaches you all the steps to childminding success. You’ll learn how to safeguard children, promote their development, and start a home business.

Ideal for new and experienced childminders alike. Our Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare course is approved by Ofsted, Pacey and CACHE. These are three of the leading organisations for education and childcare in the UK. Specifically designed to prepare you to work in any home-based setting as a registered childminder.

You’ll develop the skills to meet the growing demand of a fast-growing population in the UK. As a result, the NCFE CACHE Level 3 childcare qualification you gain will be highly sought after and desirable by employers. This particular Award has been developed in collaboration with the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY). The knowledge you learn about children’s development covers an age range of birth to 19 years old. Furthermore, as a knowledge-only qualification, no real work environment placement is required and you can study online in your own space and time.

If you’re 16 years or above, this course can prepare you for an exciting journey into home-based childminding, with many advantages, such as:

The Advantages of Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare

  • You can work from the comforts of your own home
  • Work-life balance is completely your choice
  • Flexible hours and work to suit your family life
  • You’ll create new memories every day
  • Watch your kids grow through the stages
  • You’ll have fun, make a difference and get paid
  • If employed, benefits may include pension schemes and living expenses.

It Prepares You For Further Learning

The Level 3 Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare is an ideal course for people seeking or considering qualifications in other areas of childcare. This might include studying an Early Year Educator diploma, which grants you fully-qualified sector status, as well as a license and the right to practice.

On our Level 3 Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare, you’ll learn:

  • Current legislation concerning home-based childcare
  • How to support and safeguard children
  • To promote equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Factors that influence children’s development
  • Business plans and managing a home-based childcare setting

A suitable Level 3 qualification that prepares learners who wish to be employed in home based childcare settings.

  • A formal qualification

    This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

  • Study with winners

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  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
  • Our course code: X343
  • Qualification code: 603/3642/0
  • Official Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

Total Qualification Time (Hours): 60

Guided Learning (Hours): 50

Study Method

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


There will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Your work will be internally assessed based on a portfolio of evidence.

Course Outcomes

In 2015, NCFE acquired CACHE. As of September 2017, our CACHE courses will now be known as NCFE CACHE, and you will receive your certificate from both awarding bodies.

This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 3 certification. NCFE CACHE have been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and are one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.

This qualification is suitable for learners wishing to work as:

  • Registered Childminders
  • Childminding Assistants
  • Nannies
  • Au Pairs
  • Other childcarers in home based settings

Further learning:

Although it does not provide direct progression, the subjects covered in this Award make a useful introduction to our Early Years Educator qualifications.

A paediatric first aid qualification is also a requirement of registration for any childminder. Learners may wish to consider the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid.



Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Minimum Enrolment Age - 16 years

Credits - 6

Course Content

1: Preparing to work as a home based childcarer

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the knowledge required to work with children in a home based childcare setting. You’ll learn about current legislation, building a safe environment, and how to safeguard children. You’ll also look at equality and diversity, how day-to-day routines promote well-being, and working in partnership to support children. Finally, gain an understanding of learning behaviours, the value of play, and the role of observation in the childhood development.

2: Preparing to set up a home based childcare business

This unit prepares learners to set up a home based childcare business. You’ll gain insight into leading and managing a home based care setting, how to comply with financial and taxation requirements, and create a strong business plan. Finally, you’ll learn how to register with the appropriate regulatory body.

3: Exploring the role of the Nanny

The aim of this unit is to explore the role and responsibilities of the Nanny. This unit will consider challenging aspects to this role as well as introducing sources of support, advice and guidance for the Nanny. You’ll understand expectations required in the role of the Nanny, and also explore the role of advisory, guidance and support services for the Nanny. Finally, you’ll cover how to plan steps to become a Nanny.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!